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by Adam Doster
1:26pm
Thu Apr 16, 2009

Another Route To Low-Income Tax Relief

Progressive tax reformers point out that upping Illinois' Earned Income Tax Credit should be a component of any tax reform package.

PI Original
by Angela Caputo
1:15pm
Tue Apr 7, 2009

Harris Fights Insurance Industry Over Reforms

At a rally for single-payer health care yesterday afternoon, Dr. Quentin Young of Physicians for a National Health Program warned that Americans ought not buy into the  insurance industry's purported support for universal coverage. Indeed, evidence of their profit-oriented ...
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by Progress Illinois
10:27am
Fri Apr 3, 2009

Compromise On Soto's School Closings Bill?

In recent months, we've been following the uproar over the City of Chicago's school closing procedures, as well as a proposal (HB 363) but forth by State Rep. Cynthia Soto (D-Chicago) to place a moratorium on such closings until the process is improved.  Yesterday, via ...
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by Adam Doster
5:46pm
Wed Apr 1, 2009

Sandoval: Mini-Capital Plan Stiffs Transit

Gov. Quinn is asking the General Assembly to pass a "mini capital" program by the end of the week. Because it represents the first portion of Quinn's larger, $26 billion construction proposal, transit advocates are pushing legislators to set a solid precedent ...
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by Josh Kalven
2:20pm
Tue Mar 31, 2009

Landmark Health Care Law Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

Last September, the Illinois legislature approved what we described at the time as "one of the most progressive health care policies in the nation on behalf of the uninsured."  The law in question aims to put end to the abusive mark-ups regularly applied to medical ...
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by Adam Doster
12:11pm
Tue Mar 31, 2009

More Evidence Of Our Shrinking Statehouse Bureaus

Sure, Illinois voters are sick and tired of corrupt politicians dishing off patronage jobs and selling vacant seats. But that doesn't mean the dirty dealing in Springfield is going to cease. In fact, it may get worse as the capitol press corps tasked with burrowing into ...
PI Original
by Angela Caputo
11:06am
Mon Mar 30, 2009

Amnesty International Urges Tamms Reforms

In February, the Tribune's Gary Marx took a rare look inside Tamms Correctional Center, Illinois' lone supermax prison. Tyrone Dorn, who is serving time for carjacking, told the reporter that his five years at the in there has felt "like being buried alive."...
PI Original
by Angela Caputo
3:48pm
Thu Mar 26, 2009

Education Funding Takes A Ride

Those concerned about Illinois education have found themselves on quite the roller-coaster as of late, watching historic school funding opportunities repeatedly surface, then slip away. First, the original draft of the federal stimulus plan included over $4 ...
PI Original
by Josh Kalven
10:26am
Wed Mar 25, 2009

Clean Car Act Faces A Deadline

Earlier this month the Washington Post reported on some suspect lobbying by the American auto industry. After pledging to Congress to improve fuel efficiency standards as justification for receiving billions in bailout funds, the Post noted that these same car companies ...

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